Original Paintings

Behind the scenes: a lifestyle shoot + a day at the beach

As many of you know, a vast majority of the inspiration for my artwork comes from the beach. The light, the layers of textures and colors, and the overall mood of the beach has always inspired me.  I just cannot get enough of it.  

Last month, my friend Laura, of Laura Lee Photography, and I headed out to do a lifestyle photo shoot at the beach in Coney Island, Brooklyn.  It was windy and a little chilly, but the sun was shining and we were ready to talk art, following dreams, business strategy and even do a little painting on the beach.  Her photos are AMAZING and I wanted to share a couple with you today. Be sure to check her out on social media too, at @lauraleecreative.  

Laura and I met at Creative at Heart Conference Round 2 in Charleston, South Carolina in November of 2015.  We hit it off right away because we are both seriously passionate about what we do, totally wacky + silly, and very adventurous ladies with major wanderlust + travel goals. Laura has recently started a new venture, in addition to her photography business, to document and profile creatives who are following their dreams as makers and artists.  

Enjoy the beautiful photos and happy Tuesday! 

M

Also, during our shoot, a little over-excited puppy came over to me with boundless energy and Laura captured what might be the best / funniest photo blooper ever!  hehe.

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HERE. A Pop-Up Shop (Annapolis, MD)

This Friday is opening night at HERE. A Pop-Up Shop in Annapolis, Maryland.  The women who run this awesome pop-up are amazing and have really helped me become a more serious and dedicated (albeit crazy busy!) artist.  I will always be thankful for their kind words, support and inspiration of local talent. This POP-UP is themed LIVE.LOVE.(shop)LOCAL.  I will be painting LIVE during the week of the shop, so hope to see some of you there!

Come on over on Friday night, 7-9pm at 40 West Street in Annapolis for opening night.  Or come see us any night next week for fun local art, crafts, and vendors.

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Painting for a cause...

One of the perfect combinations in life for me is being able to share my talents for a good cause. This past weekend, I was able to do just that. We spent the afternoon at a silent auction / happy hour with a childhood friend of mine who recently lost her mother to Ovarian Cancer. My friend, Ashley, planned a beautiful event as a tribute to her mother, who I remember being a smiling, happy, kind and life of the party-kind-of-lady. It was perfect and beautiful.

I donated a painting of mine to the cause and entered it into my first silent auction as an artist. To be honest, I was a little nervous at first when it didn't get any bids at all...yikes! But a little time passed, several bidders placed their bids and I was able to raise $100 as our donation to Ovarian Cancer Research.

As a person who struggles with selling my paintings still as a "new" artist, this event was beautiful to me. I feel as though I was able to share a very personal part of myself with a family who suffered a terrible loss and with a community of supporters who are fighting for a great cause. Also, if I can only teach a couple of good lessons to my daughter, sharing a talent for the greater good would be one of these lessons!

Thanks to Ashley and your family for including us in your celebration of life and love.

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Painting in Memory

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Recently I was commissioned by a family member to paint a sunset in honor of a lost loved one. I was nervous about this painting because I became a little too obsessed with making it look "perfect". However, something magical happened while I worked on the sunset-inspired abstraction and it turned out ok! I feel so honored to be part of making a tangible memory for someone struggling such a sad loss. After working on bringing the sunset photo alive, I feel inspired and thankful.

Have a great weekend everyone! M

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New @ Art by Megan!

My Etsy Shop is expanding this year to include some exciting new things and I wanted to share! First, I have been working on paintings with poems and lyrics done in India ink. I use India ink in all my other paintings to draw on top of the paintings, so I figured using it to write words could be a fun new twist. I started with "Yo soy un hombre sincero" by Jose Martí, and will be whipping up some others soon. Custom works available! I imagine that these would make great gifts for a wedding (lyrics of the couple's first dance) or a birthday (someone's favorite song) or even Valentines day (a favorite love poem).

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Next, I am adding a section of hand painted greeting cards on watercolor paper. They are cute and fun and are an inexpensive way to buy original art.

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Stay tuned and thanks for yor support! Now...buy some art. :)

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Handling criticism as an artist...

The awkward part about selling artwork is that it is literally like selling a page out of your personal diary. Recently, I was reminded how sensitive it is for an artist to give up a painting (that truly means so much to them) to an absolute stranger. I remember my first official show in my senior year of college at Wolfarth Gallery in Brookland NE, DC like it was yesterday. Many people came out to see the group show and talked about how much they liked, loved, hated or disliked each piece of work hanging. (Luckily, as I was 20 and the low man on the totem pole at the gallery, my work was placed in a doorway with less viewers...haha!). But, what really struck me that night was how vulnerable I felt just standing there listening to criticism (albeit positive or negative) about something so personal.

I have a couple of paintings that I won't sell. Ever! And the reason for this is that as I sell some that mean a lot and some others based solely on commission for someone who asks for a custom work, my "old standbys" stay with me and define me as an artist.

The first represents the beginning of my style and represents the first painting class that rocked my little world in college. It's called a "system painting" and our task from my amazing professor was to invent our own style of painting, not imitated from another. Hours and hours were spent working in the painting studio on this guy, but this was truly a defining moment in my early career.

The second represents my personality best - warm, friendly, bright and a little crazy! It was a painting that frustrated me so much that it, at one point, sat in my parents back yard through a rainstorm, was walked on by the neighbor's cat, and was nearly ruined until I decided to try a little harder and make it beautiful. And now I will love it forever.

The rest, I love too. But you can buy them, I guess. Just be gentle with them, I put my heart and soul into them.

Wedding Invites {Graphic Design}

I recently worked with Stephanie and Andy on creating a unique wedding invitation for their fall wedding. They are both huge baseball fans and decided to get married at the Baseball Hall of Fame in NY. In order to tie their theme into the location, we worked on a formal looking but baseball-ticket-inspired invite. What do you think?

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My favorite part is the barcode at the bottom which has their initials and the wedding date as the "code". The witty bride came up with that one!

Artbymegan @ artomatic!

These boring and mundane photos are the "before" photos showing the set-up of Artomatic. They are clues into what will become an art takeover in an old federal building in Arlington, VA for the 2012 artomatic. Art by Megan. 1st floor near the cafe. Be there!

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2012 Artomatic is held at 1851 S. Bell Street, Arlington, VA:

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My exhibit!! (anything but boring...I got pretty pumped about the opportunity to splatter paint walls! It's literally my childhood fantasy come true.):

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Polaroid business cards:

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Come check out Art by Megan @ Artomatic:

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"The new immigrants"

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Photographer and artist Jill Enfield's newest project entitled "The New Immigrants" profiles recent immigrants to the U.S. and captures their real, raw stories. Read more about her project at takegreatpictres.com. Her process for photography would make any art geek freak out (Katie, I'm talking to you). Check out how she takes photos with the same technique from the 1800s involving a "portable darkroom" and photos printed onto glass.

Cool! Here is her process.

Artomatic 2012 in Crystal City!

This May 18th, Artomatic comes to Crystal City, to take over an old Federal Building that will be knocked down.  Before the demolition begins, Artomatic and hundreds of DC area artists take over and transform the space (for about 2 months) into an awesome center for the arts .  For more information on dates, directions and details, visit their website!  Meet the Artist night is June 2, see you there!?

I found out about this awesome art event from a friend, read about it and signed up right away...no questions asked.  After attending their orientation seminar on Saturday, I am super pumped to share my artwork (check me out on the 1st floor by the cafe!) and to meet other artists and hear all about their adventures and work.